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NSPCC urge parents to be aware of children's online activites

The charity say some websites are too easy for children to sign up to Credit: PA

The NSPCC in Wales is asking parents of 8-12-year-olds to be more aware of what sites their children visit when they're online.

An NSPCC panel of more than 500 parents from Mumsnet reviewed nearly 50 social networking sites, and said that those aimed at adults and teenagers were too easy for children under 13 to sign up to.

Today it launched its Share Aware campaign to get families talking about socialising safely online.

Children are taught from an early age that it is good to share but doing so online can be very dangerous... This Christmas many children will have been given a smart phone, a tablet computer, or a games console. So it's the perfect opportunity for parents to have conversations with their children about who they are talking to and what they share when they socialise online. We know that children do take risks online, sometimes without realising it. And we know some parents feel confused by the internet - out of their depth, and out of control.

– Des Mannion, NSPCC in Wales.

The International Space Station or Santa's sleigh? How to spot it in Wales

The International Space Station is due to pass over the UK on Christmas Eve, giving children a great opportunity to spot 'Santa's sleigh'.

The station will be visible at 5.22pm across the UK, but for varying lengths of time and at slightly differing angles.

The further north you are, the closer to the horizon it will be.

The International Space Station Credit: PA

Here is a guide on how long you will be able to see the ISS and where you can spot it in the sky (90 degrees is directly above you).

  • Aberystwyth: 4 minutes, at 46 degrees, 36 above WSW
  • Cardiff: 4 minutes, at 53 degrees, 32 above W
  • Denbigh: 4 minutes, at 39° degrees, 32 above WSW
  • Holyhead: 3 minutes, at 40 degrees, 37 above SW
  • Llandudno: 3 minutes, at 38 degrees, 36 above SW
  • Swansea: 4 minutes, at 53 degrees, 32 above W
  • Wrexham: 4 minutes, at 39 degrees, 33 above WSW

'New approach needed on digital divide'

Credit: Jens Kalaene/DPA/PA Images

There are calls for a new approach to teaching digital literacy to stop welsh children falling behind.

That's according to a report by Wise Kids which found less that half of pupils thought their school's technology was sufficient.

It surveyed over 2000 Year 9 pupils (aged 13 and 14) across Wales looking at their online and digital media habits and says it reveals a disconnect between children's digital experiences at home and in school.

Wise Kids says there needs to be high quality technology and internet access in all schools and improved digital literacy training for teachers.

Professor Graham Donaldson is currently undertaking a wide-ranging independent review of curriculum and assessment arrangements, including digital literacy. He is due to report back early in the new year.

As part of his review, Professor Donaldson will be considering the recommendations made by the independent ICT Steering Group on the future of computer science and ICT in schools in Wales - including the group's recommendations in relation to digital literacy.

In the meantime our Learning in Digital Wales Grant has enabled almost every school in Wales to benefit from improvements in enhanced internet connectivity or in-school Wi-Fi provision. This is opening up real opportunities to deliver 21st Century teaching and learning in today's digital society.

We are addressing many of the issues raised by this report and we will look carefully at the information to identify any further potential improvements in our provision.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson


£8.1 million for training at Airbus

Broughton makes wings for all airbus aircraft. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/PA Images

First Minister Carwyn Jones will today announce an £8.1 million funding package for training at Airbus at Broughton, in Flintshire, which employs 6,000 people.

It will enable the workforce to exploit new technology at the site.

The announcement will be made at Wales' UK Investment Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport.

This funding will help safeguard jobs at Broughton and ensure we remain at the cutting edge of new technology and innovation in a fiercely competitive global market.

Airbus makes a major contribution to the Welsh economy and employs 6,000 people in North Wales in a world class, highly advanced manufacturing facility responsible for assembling more than 900 Airbus aircraft wings a year.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

Wales has 'worst phone signal coverage in UK'

London has the best coverage for 3G and 4G signal Credit: PA

Wales has the worst phone signal coverage across the UK, according to the consumer watchdog Which?

In a recent study using mobile phone apps, Wales was found to have the poorest 3G and 4G signals in comparison to the rest of the country.

The research used data from of 39,294 phone users of the EE, O2, Three and Vodafone networks. Results showed:

  • London has the best coverage
  • Three has the best 3G coverage with Vodafone users having the poorest
  • 4G speed in the UK has almost halved in the past 12 months

Which? is now calling on network providers to give customers information on coverage levels.

We've looked at consumers' real-life experiences and found big differences in service between mobile phone providers, depending on where you live or work.

We're calling on providers to publish the reliability and speeds their networks actually achieve so people can make an informed choice before signing on the dotted line.

– Richard Lloyd, Executive Director of Which?

Free wi-fi hotspots to be unveiled in Cardiff

Over the next few months, libraries, museums, civic centres and business centres will offer free wi-fi in Cardiff. Credit: PA

Thirty buildings in will be transformed into wi-fi hotspots as part of a 12.6 million UK government investment.

Venues such as Cardiff Castle, Central Library, the New Theatre and St Davids Hall are all set to go live as hotspots by March 2015.

I want Cardiff to have world class internet connectivity so businesses, families and visitors can take full advantage of the increasing demands of the digital age.

This is a big boost for our capital city and will make Cardiff an even more attractive place to live, work and invest in.

– Alun Cairns, Wales Office Minister
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